There is an anti-gun screed making the rounds that has the anti-freedom crowd all swooning in delight. Written by Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, it appears to come from a combat arms officer. Technically that is correct; however, it is correct in much the same way that I am technically a lesbian.
Rather than take the time to fisk the dishonest arguments and dubious points of the “good” colonel (that’s Lieutenant Colonel Robert “Bob” Bateman for the spiders and bots), I will simply point you to the devastating and wonderful critique by Michael Z. “Mad Mike” Williamson. I know which of the two I would trust with plans, much less follow into harm’s way. And, it isn’t a jacked up pretentious twaffle skating on technicalities. When I’ve seen more time outside the wire as a civilian, that pretty much says all that needs to be said about combat arms experience.
I’ve made it to NYC. Fingers crossed please as I get to work today on Operation Ernie, Operation Leap, and on a secret project. Any help you can give via the tip jar would be VERY much appreciated, as I need funds to get around, buy coffee for others, and to have some coffee for me too. Anything you can do is very much appreciated.
At the National Cemetery of the Pacific
Today is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on America at Pearl Harbor. It was an act of war that because of screwups on both sides was both wildly successful and completed before the declaration of war was formally delivered. It failed in one major thrust, however, and that failure allowed the Japanese to be stopped and then driven back.
It is humbling to go there and visit. To look with a future eye to see where the attack came in, how in many cases by the time they could have been seen coming in low it was too late. To go visit the Arizona, and to know that some are returning home to her even today.
Today we remember a day that shocked us as a nation, that filled a majority with a great and terrible resolve, and that finished bringing a world to war. It is a time for me to remember the chain of events that sent my Dad from a draft exempt job with Hercules Powder off into the maelstrom that was the Pacific; that took from me any chance I had to meet my uncle Foster; that ultimately killed my uncle James; that was part of the reason I never met my uncle John though he survived; and, put many more of my family and this nation in harms way. I need to reconstruct some previous writings about this day, but for today I ask you this:
Remember what happened, remember the multiple tales of heroism from that day, and remember those who died that day. Today is a day which lives in infamy, but it is even more a day when we can remember how so many stood up in the face of adversity even though in far too many cases it meant their life. Remember them all this day.
What is Operation Ernie? It is a plan to take six or more veterans to Normandy next year. While we are looking at mostly younger troops and veterans, potentially including some wounded, we are not ruling out some from the generation between Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom. The plan is to tour them through the entire length of Normandy, then in the week leading up to the anniversary, have them split into teams and do as many video interviews of Normandy veterans as possible. As they go, the journey will be chronicled and that chronicle and their individual stories will be told in multiple ways across multiple platforms.
In addition, this being the centennial of the start of WWI, the plan is to take them to where things started and some other key sites. They will be a living bridge between the generations, and my hope is that their thoughts and writings will make people think a bit. To do this right, I am hoping to establish a tie-in with an entertainment series, an established news outlet, and new/social media.
This is ambitious, but with the right partners and help, I think we can do something that will reach across media and platforms to inspire, educate, and capture a public’s attention. Something that will allow the generations to share, and to preserve the memories and discussions between the generations for those who are to come and will miss those voices.
Just before he died, Erich Klinghammer — the founder of Wolf Park — asked me develop a program for young veterans. Erich felt that spending time learning about and being in nature could be a help to them.
Some recent changes at the Park have put efforts to create a prototype event back on track. The current plan is to provide a 3-4 day intensive seminar that will include speakers, nature walks, and animal time for those who qualify to do so. Yes, this does mean time in with wolves and foxes. It may also include visits to various nearby historical sites and other fun activities.
One of the things I will be doing while in NYC will be seeking partner organizations who can help identify potential candidates for the program, as well as sponsors to help fund the prototype event (and hopefully a full program) from start-to-finish. I already have had promises of support for elements of the trip from local veteran organizations and others, as our goal is to have lodging, meals, transportation, and anything else we can already arranged so as to reduce stress and allow the maximum possible time at the park.
My thought is that most of you reading here read This Ain’t Hell on a regular basis. For those who don’t, TAH is THE go-to milblog these days and they are one of the top go-to sites for cases of Stolen Valor. I happen to be know both Jonn and TSO, and consider Jonn a friend. Not sure I can be friends with TSO, given his mancrush on Brady and his alternate lifestyle dwarf in WoW. That, and finding out he had a Barbie jeep (full size, not the toy), are a bit much.
One problem with outing Stolen Valor is that those exposed don’t much care for it, and their friends and/or relatives might not either. Sometimes, it attracts some interesting responses, and such is the case of Psul the Uncool.
Today, TSO has an update on the neverending story that is Psul, complete to his being arrested. Sadly, it also includes the fact that Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jacobson has for some reason decided not to prosecute despite what appears to be more than sufficient evidence. The strange tale of Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jacobson is that he appears to have given more than one reason for the failure to prosecute, which does make one wonder as to what the real what and why may be.
So, I ask you to go read The Strange Tale of Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jacobson and the Neverending Story that is Psul the Uncool (“The unbearable lightness of being Paul K. Wickre: The Neverending Story,” their title).
Even as I pimp my own work, I want to take the time to pimp out some friends and what they have to offer.
First up, Michael Z. Williamson who has been a good friend indeed. Crazy, fun, and always up for an adventure. Check out his books, t-shirts, knives, antiques, and more for sale. Also check out his latest that includes a story with his Gail Sanders: Elementary (All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters)
Want an autographed book? Well here you go:
Next is Baldilocks, the beautiful Juliet Akinyi Ochieng. Her book “Tale of the Tigers: Love is not a Game” is well worth the read!
Adding in the wonderful Sarah Hoyt. Not only does she write, she does her best to help other writers, and helped me redesign my cover for ADV2 to make it much more effective. She’s also good a promoting the works of others, so now it is my turn to say “Buy Her Books.”
I’ll be adding more here soon, but for now…